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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ind. Decisions - Court suspends Evansville attorney for 240 days, without automatic reinstatement

In In the Matter of: Andrew D. Thomas, a May 12th, 9-page, 5-0 per curiam opinion in an attorney disciplinary case, the Court writes:

We find that Respondent, Andrew Thomas, engaged in attorney misconduct by, among other things, neglect of a client’s case, pervasive mismanagement of his attorney trust account, and conversion of client funds. For this misconduct, we conclude that Respondent should be suspended for 240 days without automatic reinstatement. * * *

The hearing officer recommended that Respondent receive a suspension of ninety (90) days with automatic reinstatement, and Respondent agrees with this recommendation. The Commission requests a suspension of at least three years, without automatic reinstatement.

After careful consideration of this matter, we conclude that Respondent should be suspended for a period of at least 240 days and required to go through the reinstatement process before resuming practice. Approval of a petition for reinstatement is discretionary and requires clear and convincing evidence of the petitioner's remorse, rehabilitation, and fitness to practice law. See Admis. Disc. R. 23(4)(b).

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 13, 2015 01:02 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions